The 911 Turbo, internally code named 930 was introduced in Paris late 1974. Most people at the time did not understand the move as the world economy suffered its first oil crisis. People were starting thinking about “saving fuel” instead of gas guzzling cars. Now little did Porsche know that there would be an oil crisis around the corner when they started their Turbo project. The Turbo was to become the top of the line in luxury specified 911, it was also to become an icon and a supercar in its own right.
The first cars had 3.0 Liter engines with a rather big single Turbo. Their engine had a bhp output of 260 bhp but more importantly the power came on as a rocket in between 3.500 and 4.000 rpm. The car was very difficult to master and i am sure lots and lots of the first generation 930 got crashed.
According to the little red book only 284 cars were build in the first production year (with the first cars being produced in February 1975). This particular Turbo with chassis number 109 was produced on June 13 th 1975.
- Some of the particularities of the first series of the Turbo’s were:
- Flat non automatic left side rear view mirror in car colour
- The first cars were fitted with 7X15 and 8X15 Fuchs alloy wheels
- As the low profile tyres were not yet produced the cars were equipped with 185/70 VR and 215/60 VR tires
- They were equipped with a headlamp spraying nozzles. These nozzles were like little towers mounted on the front bumper
- Under the rear spoiler with the small horizontal grill opening there was not yet an air/air cooler as was to be found on later 3.3 liter engines
- The first Turbo’s had a single exhaust pipe (bigger in diameter than the Carrera’s)
The Turbo was going to become the flagship of the production series of Porsche. Therefore they were very well equipped. They had like an all leather interior, with thick plus carpets. Most were equipped with a “state of the art” radio system. They had like a new cockpit heating system etc…
This particular car was ordered in Italy in Black and the original owner did not want a complete leather interior. He chose the tan leather with the tartan cloth insert in the middle part of the seats and the door panels. This finish does give the car a great period look.
The gold Porsche striping and the gold pained Fuchs inserts are non original to this car. But the owners grandfather used to have a 1975 930 Turbo in black with a tan interior and gold Porsche lettering as well as golden wheels. On top of that his car was equipped with what they called at the time “security striping” on the front hood. Tree golden stripes with on the bottom edge the 911 lettering.
The current owner of this car did want to make his black 1975 Turbo look as close as possible to his grandfathers car.
As said above the 930 3.0 Turbo’s were a handful to drive, especially because of the Turbo lag. Indeed Turbo charging was a technology that was used in the airline business. On airplanes this made a lot of sense as they fly on high altitude (thus less Oxygen) and they fly at a constant rpm.
Both of these conditions are not met in a car. Porsche did have quite some experience with Turbo charging as they used in in their 917 Can Am and Interserie cars (1973-1975). The Porsche engineers more or less mastered the Turbo charging and its inconveniences for street use. But the early Turbo’s remained “real man drivers”.
The chassis of the 930 was also up to the task and much better than the chassis setup of the previous cars. The brakes were bigger and were direct descendants from the monstrous 917 race cars.
Apart from the fact that the 930 was set into the market as a luxurious top of the line model for Porsche it was also considered as a “Super Car”. It was probably the most down to earth and the most accessible “Super Car” there was.
Porsche also used the 930 to develop their 911 race car program. In 1976 they simultaneously offered the 934 (Group 4 race car) to their racing clients, and made the 935 (Group 5 silhouette race cars) to compete for themselves. In 1976 Porsche together with Martini as main sponsor conquered the Group 5 series.
So the 930 Turbo was the top of the line model and also the bases for a very successful 934 and 935 campaign in racing.